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On April 15, 1981, an explosion at the Dutch Creek Coal Mine #1, near Redstone, killed 15 men. Thirty-five years later, a small group hiked up to the mine to honor the dead. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh went along and has this story.
Tonight the Basalt town council will give a final vote on a measure that will permanently change the town's affordable housing rules. The move is part of the town's ongoing effort to relocate the residents of the Pan and Fork mobile home park in order to do restoration work to the riverbank, and to build a recreational park and possibly a hotel at the site. KDNK's Ed Williams went to the Pan and Fork to talk to residents living there, and find out what the change in affordable housing would mean for them.
Earlier this week, Garfield County commissioners approved an ordinance [banning the operation of recreational marijuana facilities in unincorporated parts of Garfield County. ] That means it's up to municipalities like Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale to be the potential homes for marijuana growing operations, product manufacturing, testing and retail sales.
Carbondale, like the rest of the municipalities in Garfield COunty, is still crafting their recreational marijuana regulations. And last night, Carbondale's board of trustees continued that discussion, touching on topics like sales and excise taxes on marijuana, permissible locations for facilities and more.
After Tuesday night's meeting, KDNK's Eric Skalac caught up with Mayor Stacey Bernot to find out how she thinks the county's new ordinance could impact Carbondale.
Nearly a month after a hydrocarbon plume was discovered near a gas plant owned by the company Williams Midstream about four miles north of the town of Parachute, it's source has not been identified. The plume continues leaking toxic compounds like the carcinogen benzene into groundwater near Parachute Creek.
At a public forum Thursday night Williams officials revealed that there was another leak a few months ago at the same spot thought to be the source of the current plume. That leak was apparently not reported to state officials.
KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports on that news, and the public's response.
Garfield County commissioners are upset about a federal plan to protect the greater sage grouse, and earlier this week, they met with the Bureau of Land Management to share their thoughts.
For this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to reporter Amy Hadden Marsh about Garfield County's own plan to protect the bird.
The Crystal Valley and the mountains south of Carbondale have always been coveted for their natural resources: Redstone was founded as a coal mining camp, and today companies are gearing up to drill for natural gas in the Thompson Divide. But one lesser-known industry has been there through it all, and continues today: marble mining.
Ever since an Italian partnership took over the Yule Quarry near Marble in 2010, production has been strong. But the quarry's remote location, harsh weather and huge production costs have challenged miners there for more than a century, and those obstacles remain.
KDNK's Nelson Harvey visited the quarry recently, and filed this report.
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Have you even wondered how the Roaring Fork Valley was formed? Or pondered as you soaked in Penny Hot Springs how that water got so hot? Have you debated why that back road between Carbondale and Glenwood is such a bumpy drive? The answers to these questions may surprise you. KDNK's Riley Skinner spoke to Kayo Ogilby, local geologist and teacher at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, to find out more about the fascinating landscape we live in.
The victim found dead in the parking lot of the Crystal River Elementary School yesterday was Nino Santiago, an officer with the Carbondale Police Department.
The possibility of suicide in the case brings to light a disturbing trend: the high number of suicides throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK's Mathew Katz reports on why it may be a problem -- and why there's a stigma surrounding the topic.
The impacts of controversial comments made by the former top fundraiser for NPR are rippling throughout the nation. Here in the Roaring Fork Valley there are two NPR stations that could also see some consequences from the controversy. KDNK’s Conrad Wilson has more.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of Carbondale's 39th annual Mountain Fair...and the fair has come a long way since its humble beginnings. So let's take a look back at some of the first few Mountain Fairs from the 70's.
We've also got a gallery of photos from those Mountain Fairs.